Survey Ranks Palm Beach Atlantic Among Best Online Programs

Palm Beach Atlantic University makes it a four-peat, ranking among the top 25 colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Online Education Programs since the survey began four years ago.

In ratings recently announced, Palm Beach Atlantic is tied with Siena Heights University (Michigan) at 25. U.S. News rated 214 online bachelor’s degree programs in the survey.

Palm Beach Atlantic offers three bachelor’s degree programs completely online: ministry, organizational management and psychology.

In addition, the university presently offers one online master’s degree in leadership. Palm Beach Atlantic’s new doctor of nursing practice degree, which begins this month, is a hybrid program offering courses online and on ground.

“Palm Beach Atlantic continually pushes the envelope in using emerging technology to improve online learning outcomes,” University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. said. “For example, the conferencing software tool included in every online course supports virtual, real-time class meetings between students and their faculty.”

About 25 percent of the university’s traditional student body is enrolled in at least one online course per academic year.

“While the flexibility and access afforded by online education are top of mind, the tools that promote learning are lesser known,” said Dr. Patricia Bassett, director of online learning. “Being able to access via the learning management system, audio, video, student comments and a white board make an online classroom an engaging learning environment.”

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